By Onome Oghenetega
The chairman of South-South Governors’ Forum and governor of Delta State, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa says the forum will rally support for the re-election of Governor Godwin Obaseki in the forthcoming governorship election in Edo State.
Okowa, who was in Benin on Sunday officially to welcome Obaseki on his defection to the PDP, assured that the governors of the region will solidly support him to emerge victorious in the next election.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has slated September 19, 2020 for the governorship election in Edo.
Addressing journalists shortly after a meeting with the Governor and top members of the PDP at the Edo State at Government House, Benin, Okowa said he was in Benin to convey the solidarity of the governors of the region to the embattled Obaseki.
“PDP is a great party built around the people and would always work in the interest of the people”, Okowa stressed.
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He appealed to all members of the party to ensure they work together going forward to deliver the party in the coming elections.
“I came here today to felicitate with my brother Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki for joining us at the biggest party in Africa.
“I welcome him today because in the spirit of the old Bendel, we are united as brothers. I want to thank our party people in Edo State for opening their arms to welcome the Governor.
“I know that he has been doing a great job in the state with several restrictions and I know that having come to PDP where there are no restrictions, he will do more for the people,” he said
On his part, Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki thanked his Delta counterpart for the visit assuring that he will do everything possible to ensure victory for the party in the state.
He said the PDP is a big United party in Edo adding that whoever emerges in the governorship primaries will get the support of the people.
“I made it a point of duty not to take the PDP membership card until i must have visited all the aspirants for Governorship in the PDP as a mark of respect for them.
“As I have come to join you, my doors are opened. There are lots of works to do. As a united House we can go home and conquer. I want to thank you for welcoming me to the party. By the grace of God we will return power to the people in the state,” he stated.
The meeting was attended by Deputy Governor, Comrade Phillip Shaibu; former Governor Lucky Igbinedion; National Vice Chairman, PDP Elder Emmanuel Ogidi; Edo State PDP Chairman Mr Tony Aziegbeni; former Chief of Staff to the President, Chief Mike Ogiadhome; Senator Matthew Urhoghide, Chief Tom Ikimi, former Works Minister Arc. Mike Onolememem among others.